Annie Get Your Gun , the Broadway-bound musical revival starring Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat, will begin performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 29 for a Jan. 7, 1999, opening. The D.C. gig, which runs through Jan. 24, 1999, will be the revival's only pre-Broadway stop.
Annie Get Your Gun began rehearsals Nov. 2. Valerie Wright, Ron Holgate and Ronn Carroll are also in the cast, as well as Gregory Zaragoza and Peter Marx. (The latter, formerly known as Peter Slutsker, starred as Cosmo in Singin' In The Rain and as the Chico Marx character in Off Broadway's The Cocoanuts.)
Holgate is a theatre veteran who won a Tony for his performance in the original production of 1776 . More recent roles include Lend Me a Tenor and Milk and Honey . Ronn Carroll appeared as Mr. Biggley in the recent Broadway revival of How to Succeed... . He also acted on Broadway in Crazy for You and the Tyne Daly Gypsy . Wright most recently appeared in the Goodspeed Opera House's production of the musical Redhead . Before that, she performed in Steel Pier on Broadway.
Gun starts firing on Broadway Feb. 2, 1999 and opens Mar. 4, 1999. Tickets are now on sale for the show via Ticketmaster, (212) 307-4100. The Irving Berlin and Herbert & Dorothy Fields musical will be directed by Ragtime 's Graciela Daniele and choreographed by Daniele and Jeff Calhoun. Designers include Tony Walton (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes) and Beverly Emmons (lighting). Veteran book writer Peter Stone has significantly revised the musical's book for this revival.
Annie Get Your Gun tells of rough and tumble sharp shooter Annie Oakley, who nevertheless falls for Frank, the kind of man who wants the girl that he marries to be "as soft and as pink as a nursery" -- not quite a perfect match for a gal used to "doin' what comes natur'lly." The title role was originated on Broadway in 1946 by Ethel Merman. The classic Irving Berlin score includes "The Girl That I Marry," "I Got Lost in His Arms," "Anything You Can Do," and the Broadway anthem, "No Business Like Show Business." It was Berlin's longest-running show.